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Another school closed for COVID

An­na-Lisa Paul


An­oth­er pri­ma­ry school had to be shut down on Fri­day af­ter the par­ent of a Stan­dard Five pupil was con­firmed to have con­tract­ed the virus. Of­fi­cials at Char­lieville AS­JA Pri­ma­ry School or­dered the im­me­di­ate sus­pen­sion of SEA class­es on Fri­day af­ter they were in­formed of the mat­ter.

Victor Gill Ramirez

A se­nior school of­fi­cial yes­ter­day con­firmed that class­es had been sus­pend­ed and the school closed for san­i­ti­za­tion. The of­fi­cial could not say if class­es would re­sume to­mor­row as they are await­ing ad­vice from the min­istries of Health and Ed­u­ca­tion.

Victor Gill

There are 55 stu­dents list­ed to write the SEA ex­am at the school but the of­fi­cial did not know if all the stu­dents were present for class­es last Fri­day

Pres­i­dent of the T&T Uni­fied Teach­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (TTUTA) An­to­nia Tekah-De Fre­itas said the union is con­tin­u­ing to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion. She has not ruled out a pos­si­ble re­turn to vir­tu­al class­es as one way to stem the spread of the virus

In just the past few days at least three oth­er pri­ma­ry schools in Mar­aval, Tacarigua and St Au­gus­tine have been closed af­ter re­ports that the stu­dents or their close rel­a­tives had con­tract­ed the COVID-19

Mean­while, Com­mis­sion­er of Pris­ons (Ag), Den­nis Pul­chan or­dered the evac­u­a­tion and clo­sure of the Pris­ons Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing, at Phillip Street, Port of Spain, fol­low­ing re­ports that an em­ploy­ee had vis­it­ed the build­ing dis­play­ing flu-like symp­toms. The em­ploy­ee was sent for test­ing and was con­firmed pos­i­tive for COVID-19

The T&T Pris­ons Ser­vice said in a state­ment yes­ter­day: “The Pris­ons Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing will re­main closed un­til the com­ple­tion of the sani­ti­sa­tion process. Staff at­tached to the Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing are ad­vised to stay at home un­til fur­ther no­tice, as the mat­ter now has the at­ten­tion of au­thor­i­ties who are tak­ing the nec­es­sary ac­tion in light of the sit­u­a­tion.”

Pul­chan ad­vised that any of­fi­cer with flu-like symp­toms not re­port for du­ty, in­form their im­me­di­ate su­per­vi­sor by phone and seek med­ical at­ten­tion

Four more peo­ple test­ed pos­i­tive for COVID-19 be­tween Fri­day night and yes­ter­day morn­ing, bring­ing the to­tal num­ber to 173. The Min­istry of Health said the lat­est cas­es are pend­ing epi­demi­o­log­i­cal in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

Up to yes­ter­day, 27 pa­tients were ward­ed at the Cau­ra Hos­pi­tal and two pa­tients at the Cou­va Hos­pi­tal and Mul­ti-Pur­pose Fa­cil­i­ty

On Fri­day, Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley called on law en­force­ment of­fi­cials to act more swift­ly in en­forc­ing pub­lic health reg­u­la­tions as peo­ple are con­gre­gat­ing in large num­bers – par­tic­u­lar­ly at par­ties, bars and restau­rants